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The Gift of Prayer

May 1, 2020




Read Philippians 1:12-30.

When I eat out, I ask the server how I can pray for them. I tell them, “I’m going to thank God for my food, so if you would like me to pray for you, I’m happy to. Just let me know how I can pray.”

I did this recently after the server shared how stressed she was about her future. She didn’t leave as we prayed. She stayed me as I prayed. She looked up and said, “Thank you! No one has ever prayed for me like that. They say they will, but you know…who knows if they did.”

You see, our prayers offer great encouragement to those in times of fear and doubt.

The Apostle Paul said so. Look at Philippians 1:18-19: “Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance.”

 Paul was no wimp of the faith, yet he benefitted greatly from the encouragement of prayer. He knew as we know today that the prayers of a righteous person accomplish a lot. When someone is in trouble, or in fear doubt, the first thing we should offer them is prayer.

Prayer is the ultimate encouragement because it goes to the one who cares and can help.


Reflect

Why is prayer important? What difference does prayer make? How does prayer encourage others?


Respond
Who can you offer prayer for today? How has the prayers of others impacted you?

 
Pray
Lord, thank you for being my Heavenly Father.  You listen. You care. You answer. You know my cares today. Help me. Strengthen me. Thank you! Amen.

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a year ago
The power of prayer is amazing 🙌🙏🙌 also praise God when you're praying he's Worthy of all praise.im a prayer warrior I pray for any and every one..and I thank God for answered prayers,make a list cuz some time we forget what he's already done for us amen
a year ago
We do have am awesome God, who really cares about us.
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a year ago
Father in Heaven,thank you for always strengthening me every day to open my eyes and seek Your Face, You always coming through for me, even when I fail You, help me to repent and be submissive to Your Will and purpose in Jesus name amen
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a year ago
God heard my prayers
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a year ago
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS I THANK YOU FOR SENDING JEHOVAH GOD & THE HOLY SPIRIT INTO ME & ALL MY HEAVENLY FATHER BECAUSE WE NEED JEHOVAH GOD & HIS WILL IN OUR LIVES FOR HIS KINGDOM;THANKYOUJESUS!@
your child;24/7;virginia r.gomez garcia & all my family ;HEART2HEART!@
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a year ago
Thank you for today's devotional. It has been a blessing!

For me, prayer is the most personal way to experience God, to encounter Him, and to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of Him. Prayer gives me direct access to my Lord and Saviour, and has bought me many breakthroughs in my life. Ephesians 6v18 exhorts us to: "pray in the Spirit on all occasion, with all kinds of prayer an requests. With this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people".

Lord, thank You for the gift of prayer!
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